Archives for the month of: November, 2009


Reid Speed is a very important person to me. Her mixes introduced me to Fidget/Electro-House, and I am so happy to share my interview with her!

But first, a little background information…

+ Began spinning in early 1996, NYC
+ By the summer of 1997 she was a resident of Stuck On Earth, a rave promotion company from NY
+ By the summer of 1998 she was a member of Direct Drive, began playing Drum & Bass, + 2-Step and Breaks alongside top U.S. and UK DJ’s/producers
+ RPM director of her college radio station
+ Worked for the U.S.’s first exclusively Drum & Bass store, Breakbeat Science
+ Soon began playing shows in U.S., Puerto Rico, Ireland and Mexico
+ Journeyed to England in 1997 and was inspired by UK Garage to promote her own events. Soon produced her first Garage/2-Step mix, and along with DB and 4.0 Marketing put together several successful 2-step showcases, along with the first UK Garage showcase at the 2000 Winter Music Conference
+ In 2001, Reid Speed had produced 13 mixtapes and one animated short movie for Showtime’s Shonext channel, entitled “Resonance”, released by Breakbeat Science.
+ In support of “Resonance”, Reid Speed embarked on a 40 date tour put on by Mixer Magazine, followed by yet another tour with artists Ming & FS (28 dates in 30 days) across America
+ Moved to LA and started Rude Sound, showcasing UK Garage and Nu School breaks
+ In the summer of 2003, Reid Speed created her second mix for Breakbeat Science entitled “Life After Dark”,inspired by the events of 9/11
+ Also in the summer of 2003, Reid Speed was chosen by Jamie Kennedy to spin on his show, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment
+ In 2005, Reid Speed judged BPM Magazine & Rockstar energy drink’s “Beauty & The Beats” contest alongside DJ Rap and Colette. The winner toured with Colette and Reid Speed and appeared on Bravo’s “Blowout”
+ Currently, Reid Speed along with Mark Subsonik runs Play Me Records, which pumps out some nasty 4/4, Electro, Breakbeat, Dubstep and Fidget beats

DD How does your mindset change when your coming up as a DJ/producer as opposed to when you are more established?

RS I really can’t say my mindset has changed, I still find no greater rush than rocking an appreciative crowd! But now feel I have to be firm in seeking what is fair to me as an artist who has put X-amount of time, effort & energy into what I do. When I was coming up, I was grateful to have any opportunity to play, and most often it was for free, and a lot of promoters made a lot of money off me before I realized that with more & more people coming to see me, I needed to put a value on my skills.

DD LA has always been up on their club scene. What’s it like being a part of the LA nightlife? How does it differ from your time in NYC?

RS LA has a vast and diverse EDM scene. It dwarfs NYC even in it’s heyday! But I attribute that to a larger geographic area and population. Both cities are lucky enough to have a great selection of music to be able to go out and hear on any given day. I started going out around the tail end of the first wave of rave (if you’ve ever seen Party Monster, that’s the scene I grew up in.) It was surreal and crazy and dangerous, and before long it was over, replaced with the more homogenized rave scene we now know. By the time of the demise of the NYC scene I was already a well-established local DJ working my way out.

DD You introduced me to Fidget/Electro-House, how did you first get exposed to these styles?

RS Fidget/ Bassline Electro House (and even Dubstep) is just a natural progression from the Speed Garage & 2 Step I played in the late 90s. I found out about speed garage on a trip to the UK in 97, and was instantly hooked. Fidget is essentially the same music, 10 years later, with a catchier name!

DD DJ’ing seems very intimidating to people who aren’t familiar with it, did it come naturally? or did it start of slow and progress over time?

RS For me it was very natural. I used to make mixtapes for my friends on cassette as a kid, and once I had been to a rave (I saw DJ Dan) I realized there was a legitimate outlet for what I had been doing my whole life, with the added bonus of being able to reach thousands of listeners at once! It took me 2 years to save enough money to buy all the equipment (2 turntables, needles, slipmats, mixer, amp, speakers, cables, and RECORDS oh my! New DJs have it so easy, they have no idea.) and within a year I was playing out and a resident of the largest rave crew in NYC

DD What were some of your biggest doubts/obstacles as you progressed through the music industry?

RS My biggest obstacle for the longest time was getting people to be open to the many different styles of music i enjoy and wanted to share. In the last 3 years this barrier has disappeared, and everybody plays everything (finally!). Now my biggest issue is understanding how to remain relevant in an endless sea of new sounds and faces….

DD What’s your favorite city to play in?

RS The ones I haven’t been to yet !

DD If you could DJ alongside any artist, who would it be and why?

RS Jim Morrison, if he were still alive….I’d love to ask him to recite poetry over a set. I think he was tuned into frequencies and harmonies that few can understand but that live within us all and guide us invisibly through life….

DD What would you say to all us youngsters who are trying to get into the music world?

RS Practice makes perfect. Always try harder to sound amazing!



If you’re into fun, dirty dancing and pounding (POUNDING!) techno music, you should stop by KTUB on 12/4.

It’s the 3rd World Beats and Urban Streets Dance Night!

This time around we are featuring members of 7Deadly Records including…

Nightmare Control Panel


+ DJ Stylus, who played one of the BEST DJ sets I have heard so far of dirty filthy Electro-House

KTUB (Kirkland Teen Union Building)
346 Kirkland Avenue
Kirkland, Wa 98033

Shake It Down,


Flyer By: Ryan Feightner


My friend Patchwork has put together 3 new songs + a remix, and I am very excited to showcase them on the DISCO SHIT dance-blog. Along with “Somebody Else”, “Memory” and “Little Wave” there is a fantastic remix of M.I.A.’s “Bucky Done Gun”.

1. Your music always carries a very emotional feel, which is refreshing to hear from a male artist…has your music always been this way?

I’ve never really thought too much about the emotional side of my music, I just write and that’s how it forms. From an early age I’ve always been told I’m a sensitive young man, haha.

2. What is the scene like in your part of AUS? Is there a group of other artists in your area that all hang out/play shows together or are you more connected with artists via myspace etc?

Living in Melbourne has been a great opportunity for my music as I am constantly surrounded by masses of culture and art. So I like to try and go to as many gigs and clubs around the city too keep up with the latest tunes. As I produce my songs with almost 100% software, it is very hard to promote my songs in person because I am not part of a band and I simply can’t go down to the ‘local’ (the pub) and perform for people. So having myspace, facebook connectivity with people has definitely made a huge impact on getting my music out there.

3. What do you use for your production?

Like I said before, software takes up most of my productions. I’ve always been a fan of software over hardware as it saves for extra luggage for when you’re on the move. I like the thought of being able to create tunes when and wherever I want to. This year I made the transistion from FL studio to Ableton Live which I think improved my music and quality of sound dramatically.

4. Your a fan of Deadmau5 (as am i!), how has his music influenced you as an artist?

The mau5 is an absolute God! I saw him last year at Good Vibrations (one of our many summer festivals) and was absolutely hooked from that day. I think Joel’s versitility with his productions, ranging from Prog house to Trance to even DnB, has been the most influencial factor towards my music. Also the fact that he has so much energy when he’s performing is just awesome to watch!

5. Your two new songs, “Somebody Else” and “Memory” feature female vocals, how did the two of you get together and decide to make these songs?

Well I originally wrote the songs whilst on clinical placement in a mental ward (as part of my nursing course at uni). For the 2 weeks I was bored out of my mind so I literally wrote around 8-10 songs on paper and they were the 2 that sort of stood out. I’ve been friends with Katie (vocalist) for quite some time through sporting groups and I had just recently noticed a youtube video of her singing for her local church and was just blown away. Recording process was quite nerveracking for me personally, as its the first time I’ve done recording with anyone before, but I’m quite happy with the results.

6. Any specific goals/plans for Patchwork in 2010?

Making my first E.P is number 1 priority right now. After that, I will try and get my sound out to as many labels locally and internationally and see if I can my first minor label. Other than that, just hope to be pumping out as many songs as possible. I feel this will be a big year for me.

Somebody Else.mp3

Little Wave.mp3

I’m ROcky on this new bit,


Thanks to everyone who helped make last night’s World Beats And Urban Streets dance at KTUB so fun. Every artist did a fantastic job, planning for next months dance (12/4) in progress….

Here’s who played, along with some pictures provided by India Garcia and my good friend, Kalaidescope…


All systems go,



Thanks to everyone who helped make last night’s World Beats And Urban Streets dance at KTUB so fun. Every artist did a fantastic job, planning for next months dance (12/4) in progress….

Here’s who played, along with some pictures provided by India Garcia and my good friend, Kalaidescope…


All systems go,